U.S. Ice Dance 2023-24 news & updates

Karen-W

How long do we have to wait for GP assignments?
Messages
36,355
skatecan just announced the team for 4cc, what is usfsa waiting for?
Well, no, Skate Canada announced some of their 4CCs team and will finalize the rest of their selections on Jan 14th.

But, yes, what's the hold-up with the USFS? This is getting ridiculous.
 

OlieRow

Well-Known Member
Messages
1,811
That is quite a stat. I still remember watching Lorraine as a little peanut zombie at Challenge Cup in Ardmore. Best to them both.

I lived just around the corner from the rink there and Challenge Cup and the baby Wheaton teams (and NavBoms!) were always a treat. It helped dance become my favorite discipline.

I’m still sad that McNamara/Carpenter split but hope that if she and Anton want to continue they can find suitable new partners. If Lorraine isn’t continuing, she certainly had quite the run!
 
  • Like
Reactions: AYS

VGThuy

Well-Known Member
Messages
41,022
It’s kind of sad with happened to a lot of the Wheaton teams since their high period in the junior ranks. Not that they’re over or close to it, but you would think a center producing that many talented teams bringing serious international hardware would have materialized more successes as seniors and been another viable ice dance center for North American teams to choose to go. I also liked that so many of their teams were made up of local and homegrown talent. Ah well. Such is life. Maybe things will be up again.
 

Cayuse

Well-Known Member
Messages
366
It’s kind of sad with happened to a lot of the Wheaton teams since their high period in the junior ranks. Not that they’re over or close to it, but you would think a center producing that many talented teams bringing serious international hardware would have materialized more successes as seniors and been another viable ice dance center for North American teams to choose to go. I also liked that so many of their teams were made up of local and homegrown talent. Ah well. Such is life. Maybe things will be up again.
Very few promising teams stay together past juniors from any figure skating school. Growth spurts, love interests, college ambitions, career goals, and coaches leaving to start their own schools --all get in the way! Wheaton coaches (and Mida coaches) are on a steep learning curve as their skaters advance to seniors.
 

Belsornia

I bite because I like it
Messages
3,632
Sure, there will always be attrition and splits. But WISA have been consistently bad at packaging and strategising for their senior teams.

I saw Lorraine and Quinn skate in a few DC area shows when they were teeny tiny juvenile/intermediate ice dancers, so I was always glad to see her on the international circuit. If this is retirement, I hope she’s satisfied with her skating career and the opportunities and successes it brought her.
 

AYS

🌻
Messages
24,664
There's an intrinsic challenge in taking home grown talent (and pairings) all the way to the top international level that is separate from the coaching talent/strategic approach. The top centers are picking and choosing and attracting the best, the ones with "it", and putting them together, bringing them from all different locations. It's just a completely different talent pool and paradigm than developing young talent. I think the Wheaton/DC group has been absolutely amazing at the latter over the years. Who of the successful senior teams from Linichuk, Shpilband, Zoueva, IAM, were developed from the start, or even from say Intermediate/Novice level by those coaching teams?
 

coralline

Well-Known Member
Messages
157
It’s kind of sad with happened to a lot of the Wheaton teams since their high period in the junior ranks. Not that they’re over or close to it, but you would think a center producing that many talented teams bringing serious international hardware would have materialized more successes as seniors and been another viable ice dance center for North American teams to choose to go. I also liked that so many of their teams were made up of local and homegrown talent. Ah well. Such is life. Maybe things will be up again.
Well WISA is certainly still a viable ice dance center, maybe just not for local North American teams right now. They do have a very successful Sr Georgia team and a very successful Jr Israel team.;)
 

Karen-W

How long do we have to wait for GP assignments?
Messages
36,355
Lorraine has made an announcement on IG -


She says she decided to end the partnership and plans on looking for a new partner.
 

dancing_on_ice

Well-Known Member
Messages
245
She says she decided to end the partnership and plans on looking for a new partner.
I hope that Lorraine is able to find someone from another federation. It would be tough to make it in USFS, but she's more than talented enough to find a lot of success representing another country.
 

litenkyckling

Well-Known Member
Messages
797
I hope that Lorraine is able to find someone from another federation. It would be tough to make it in USFS, but she's more than talented enough to find a lot of success representing another country.
I agree - I’m not sure which US men are available and a move to another fed seems to me like the only option if she wants championship experiences? I don’t know anything about her background but I wonder if she has Irish roots?
 

happycamper2554

Well-Known Member
Messages
366
I feel like Jeffery Chen could be made available. I wonder if she is too tall for him. He and his partner haven't been out of this world successful.
 

Rhumba d’Amour

Well-Known Member
Messages
268
I feel like Jeffery Chen could be made available. I wonder if she is too tall for him. He and his partner haven't been out of this world successful.
Jinx! My first thought, on hearing the news.

Whoever Lorraine ends up with, though, I’m glad to hear that she plans to continue. She is an amazing talent IMHO.
 

Karen-W

How long do we have to wait for GP assignments?
Messages
36,355
Does anyone know what the USFS release policies are?
Wasn't it Deanna who said she had to repay all the training money received from the USFS over the years before she was given her release? I don't expect the USFS to give Lorraine a release any more easily than they did with Deanna.
 

Users who are viewing this thread

Top
Do Not Sell My Personal Information